Art Research Paper

Topics: Hudson River School, History of painting, Albert Bierstadt Pages: 4 (1234 words) Published: August 25, 2013
Running Head: Art Research Paper

[Theodore J. Oliver]
[Leo Morrissey]
[December 2, 2012]

Art Research Paper

Upon the visit to the Chrysler Museum of Art, three paintings were chosen for analysis; they include The Emerald Pool painted by Albert Bierstadt in 1870, The Old Mill painted by Jasper Francis Cropsey in 1876, and The Piazza Farnese Decorated for a Celebration in Honor of the Marriage of the Dauphin painted by Giovanni Paolo Panini in 1745. It is necessary to note that the first two works were painted in the 1870s by the representatives of the Hudson River painting school in the USA, while the third painting was produced more than a century earlier by the Italian Baroque painter. Each of the works represents its own subject matter; however, every work may be perceived with a different measure of appeal, not only due to the choice of the subject matter, but also because of the approach to delineating the artistic forms, lines, choosing the color palette, texture, and balance of paintings. The Emerald Pool by Albert Bierstadt, as McGrath noted, represents the manifestation of the Western grandeur of the US nature; its subject is the White Mountain scenery that is approached from the vantage point of the “famed pool at the base of Pinkham Notch”, affording the painter to grasp the unity of the trees, river, clouds, and the mountain (169). The Emerald Pool depicts the “turbulent clouds”, and the “writhing trees”; the image of the White Mountain is blurry and unclear, standing far at the background of the image. However, at the same time, one can see that such approach to composition of the painting was highly successful, since in contrast to the sharply and clearly delineated trees and the log in the water at the foreground of the painting, the grandeur and hugeness of the White Mountain is multiplied by the fuzzy forms and partial covering of the clouds storming around its...

Cited: Bierstadt, Albert. “The Emerald Pool”. 1870. Chrysler Museum of Art.
Cropsey, Jasper Francis. “The Old Mill”. 1876. Chrysler Museum of Art. Web. 1 Dec 2012.
McGrath, Robert L. Gods in Granite: The Art of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. New York, NY: Syracuse University Press. 2001. Print.
Panini, Giovanni Paolo. “The Piazza Farnese Decorated for a Celebration in Honor of the Marriage of the Dauphin”. 1765. Chrysler Museum of Art. Web. 1 Dec. 2012.
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